Michigan Wolverines tight end Jake Butt suffers torn ACL

Nov 30, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines tight end Jake Butt (88) gestures a first down during the fourth quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan freshman Jake Butt burst onto the scene during the 2013 college football season. First, he was one of the better young tight ends in the country, and second, he has an infamous (and obviously hilarious) last name. Unfortunately, his coming-out party will have to be placed on hold for a while.

Butt suffered a diagnosed ACL tear during winter conditioning, and while his Michigan teammate Jake Ryan had a famously quick return from a similar injury last season, there is no reason to think that Butt will be able to return for the start of the 2014 season. In 2013, Butt caught only 20 passes for 235 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he did his best work in the biggest imaginable spot for a Michigan player, catching 5 balls for 85 yards and a score against Ohio State.

Here is the text from Brady Hoke via an official release from the program:

“Jake’s done a tremendous job since he’s been here. He’s worked extremely hard and gained a lot of weight to become the complete tight end he wants to be. I think he showed flashes of that toward the end of last season. This is a tough break, but because of his work ethic and attitude, the kind of young man he is, we know he will be back as soon as he can and as strong as ever.”

There is a lot of positivity in that sentiment from Hoke, but Michigan fans everywhere have to be disappointed with the extended absence of one of their bright, young stars.

Topics: Jake Butt, Michigan Wolverines

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